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A needs analysis for advanced programs in educational technology

Lawrence Paul Filippelli, Johnson & Wales University


The purpose of this dissertation was to conduct a needs assessment to determine the extent to which educators lack technology skills and need formal training in educational technology. The research methodology was both quantitative and qualitative. The research objectives used in this study included: (1a) Identification of the competencies needed by elementary and secondary educators to be proficient in educational technology. (1b) Examination of the differences in competency levels between elementary and secondary educators. (2) Analysis of the extent to which educators use technology in the educational setting. (3) Identification of the need for a graduate program in educational technology. Data collection included administering a survey to 300 elementary and secondary teachers to assess a local needs analysis; a review of local employment opportunities through the use of individual interviews of technology coordinators and personnel responsible for hiring such coordinators, and a review of literature that provided background for each of the research objectives. Descriptive statistics (i.e., frequencies, percents, means, and standard deviations) were generated for each of the 23 competencies and demographic variables included in the survey. These data were generated separately for elementary and secondary groups so that comparisons can be made. Description of comparisons of rank order addressed the extent of implementation. In addition, elementary and secondary ratings of competencies were compared using a t test. The action resulting from this research determined the need for an advanced program in educational technology based on the major finding that no mean was greater than 4.00 on the 5-point agreement scale. This implies that a great need exists for more training in educational technology. Any program will significantly contribute to the pool of educators who are proficient in education technology in Rhode Island.

Subject Area

Educational software

Recommended Citation

Filippelli, Lawrence Paul, "A needs analysis for advanced programs in educational technology" (2003). Dissertation & Theses Collection. AAI3106407.